Dr Betsy Miranda: 'Achieving one goal'

Dr Miranda is playing her part in the efforts to eliminate rabies from some islands in the Philippines.

Last updated: 20 Mar 2014 08:00
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Dr Betsy Miranda has seen more than a hundred patients die from rabies during her time as a health worker in the Philippines.

While the disease is 100% fatal once it enters the central nervous system, it is also 100% preventable with a timely vaccination.

Rabies can be controlled and eliminated and some islands in the Philippines are very close to achieving this goal.

Dr Miranda and her colleagues are tackling rabies with a multi-pronged approach; including extensive dog vaccinations, education and providing timely vaccinations for bite victims.

“We bring together many sectors to achieve one goal - eliminating human and animal rabies, region by region, island by island by 2020,” she says.

Dr Miranda, who is part of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, is one of many health heroes of Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health.

Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health will air on Al Jazeera in 2014.


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About LifeLines
Lifelines: The Quest For Global Health
is Al Jazeera's new cross-platform project profiling the extraordinary work of global health workers as they tackle eight deadly diseases and conditions that afflict vulnerable communities across the globe. These good news stories stretch from the Philippines to Pakistan, Uganda to South Sudan, India to Senegal, featuring the people who are working to prevent, control or eradicate malaria, rabies, polio, leprosy, schistosomiasis, Guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma and maternal and neonatal mortality. Online, on screen and on the ground in affected communities, we will share their uplifting stories in Lifelines: The Quest For Global Health.
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Lifelines will focus month by month on each condition here on our website and in 2014 will premiere an eight-part
documentary series on Al Jazeera English.